Review: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and LifeBird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott quotes E.L. Doctorow at one point, "writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way." Sharing quotes from other artists and personal experiences (and even references to comedies like Cool Runnings and Stripes), Anne essentially takes us through one of her writing workshops "Bird by Bird." Through her book we learn about the necessity of writing shitty first drafts, of listening to and knowing your characters and of learning to look at the world around you differently, through the eyes of a writer looking for truth to expound upon. She says, "Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act – truth is always subversive."

Lamott’s book is truly inspiring for anyone to actually hoping to find the strength to sit down and just write (and provides lots of useful tips and insights in the process).

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